welcomeIt is the Shambhala view that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelligence. This nature can be cultivated through meditation so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.

Meditation is at the heart of all programs offered at the Shambhala Center. Slow down, take a breath, and develop more appreciation for yourself and the world.

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What to Expect at the Shambhala Center

The Shambhala Center welcomes you to a range of programs and events, including:

  • Contemplative weekend/evening classes and meditation retreats
  • Individual instruction in meditation by trained and authorized meditation instructors
  • Local Community Enrichment events
  • Open Sitting meditation session on Tuesdays, 7 – 8:30 PM
  • Café Shambhala every Saturday, 10 AM – Noon
  • Many opportunities to volunteer your energy and inspiration

Mill & Max Contemplative Arts Gallery

The Shambhala Center of Lexington is delighted to provide a home for the contemplative arts. This includes visual arts, music, poetry and movement.


Andrew Wilder’s concert on YouTube

LexArts
LexArts

Our Gallery venue

Article in the Chevy Chaser about our new beginnings, and one on Tips for Mindfulness

Featured Programs

Pre-meditation Yoga

July 27th—September 28th

Come stretch before Café Shambhala for the next few weeks! Be sure to check the schedule, and bring a mat if you have one. Continue »

Deepening Compassion Part 3: The Fearless Garuda: Emptiness and Absolute Bodhicitta

July 28th—October 6th

This course is the third of a four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana teachings. Continue »

Book Discussion: It's Up to You

August 21st—September 18th

Join us for five Wednesday nights to study the book It’s Up to You; The Practice of Self-Reflection on the Buddhist Path, by Dzigar Kongtrul. Begins 8/21/2019 Continue »

Gallery Hop: The Works of Kiptoo Tarus

September 20th

Local artist and wood sculptor, Kiptoo Tarus, will be our featured artist on this Hop. During the Hop, he will create a sculpture from a log, with his chain saw, in our parking lot. Continue »

Shambhala Sadhana Community Practice

September 21st

As part of our Harvest of Peace weekend activities, we offer this chanting practice on Saturday. Open to all Continue »

New to Shambhala?

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community. More →

Meditator

Just starting to meditate?

A simple way to begin is to attend our Tuesday night or Saturday morning sitting meditation sessions. On Tuesday night, there is open meditation from 7 – 8:30 pm, and there is always an instructor available to provide initial meditation instruction. More →

Do you live in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area?

Several of our members do, and have formed a practice group. It meets weekly on Tuesday nights. For more information, see our Cincinnati Group page.

Sangha Members – For information and help in dealing with current events in Shambhala, please see our Current Events page.

Looking for a retreat spot nearby? Please see this Ziji Tiny Retreats page for a place to stay while in Lexington and information on a tiny retreat cabin.

Recent News

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